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. >> as president, bows new action on gun control, we look at the end violence from newtown, connecticut to the streets of chicago, were nearly 500 people have been murdered this year. we will speak with goldie taylor. both her dad and brother were murdered. for years he owned a gun. on monday, she give it up. rhonda lee has been fired for defending her short, natural hairstyle on facebook. to the bribery aisle. how walmart got its way in mexico. >> and mexico, and a lever to tell a bribery and one of the world's largest corporations -- walmart. >> an ever imagined i was opposing such a super power. >> in april, the new york times revealed how wal-mart's leaders hushed up evidence of widespread bribery by the largest foreign subsidiary. now the times examines the relentless campaign of bribes behind wal-mart's most controversial store in mexico, in the data supermarket built in the shadow of a revered cultural landmark, the ancient pyramids of teotihuacÁn. >> one in five walmart stores are in mexico. walmart is mexico's largest private employer. we will speak with pulitzer prize winning
into action on capitol hill n newtown, connecticut today there are four more funerals and another day of goodbyes to people and young ones that so many people love and this time it is 6-year-old charlotte bacon and caroline and daniel and victory soto. the visitation for the principal dawn hochsprung is also scheduled today, the latest funerals and visitation among the 26 victims killed by adam lanza on friday and all this time investigators are still working diligently to retrieve any kind of data they can find from the killer's computer. he smashed it to bits before he went on his shooting rampage. they are still trying to get what they can. as the white house and congress grapple with the politics of gun control, and that raging debate, and as newtown, connecticut grapples with the reality of the gun violence, we are seeing an unintended consequence perhaps of this, a spike in gun sales. here is david mattingly. >> almost 1,000 miles away from newtown, connecticut gun owners rush to buy more guns. >> why today? >> i was looking for a gun that i wanted for a long time and just wante
to announce the actions it plans to take in the wake of the elementary school tragedy. the national rifle association breaking that silence for the first time yesterday saying it was prepared to make meaningful contributions to make sure this never happens again. the gun rights organization and gun rights advocates in congress both under public pressure to join the call for action. >> just wonder -- this long after a mass killing like that, little 6 and 7-year-olds, there is not a single republican in america, in elected office, not going to step up and say something? >> i think that says something in itself. >> i think it is time to talk, guys. one way or the other, where do you stand on this issue? >> joining me this morning is connecticut congressman joe courtney. good to have you here. the president is speaking in 45 minutes from now to announce this new interagency task force on gun control. he's not expected to announce any new specific gun regulation policy proposals, however, does this suggest to you that some serious policy is coming and coming soon? >> it does. the difference in
with executive action. take a listen. >> well, i think that there are a number of things, and those are things that we're going to be talking about over the course of the next few weeks. not an extended period of time. the president, i guess, will be talking about this, but have specific proposals for congress to consider. we'll also look at what executive action the president might take. megyn: joining me now, chris stirewalt, our fox news digital politics editor and host of "power play" on foxnews.com live. so what kind of executive action is he talking about, chris? when he had the assault weapons ban in place from '94 to 2004, it was a big political deal, and a lot of folks who voted for it wound up getting kicked out of office because, you know, gun rights are something people feel very passionately about in the country. if it could have been done by executive action, in other words, that's probably how other presidents would have been done it too. >> well, certainly, the president in a second term might feel differently about this than he did in the first term. he has some latitude when
to that on party principal. you have seen republican groups like heritage action and club for growth recommend a no vote on plan b. it's a big question whether john boehner has 218 votes to get the back up plan passed through the house. >> the plan b for people who are not familiar would raise taxes on incomes above $1 million, but does nothing to deal with the across the board spending cuts known as the sequester which we talked so much about, entitlement spending and provisions that the president brought up today. he pointed out laj cally the plan makes no sense when you look at what the republicans said they want to do, particularly attack spending cuts and spending in the country and does not address that. >> the timing is also very important too. this plan b that house speaker john boehner is proposing came after president obama made his biggest concessions in the cliskal cliff debate. as well as actually proposing adjustments to the cost of living adjustments to social security. both of which liberals were not happy about, but they were concessions none the less. then the republicans go
to see it in action. >> you are welcome. >> today the senate banking committee examines private stock trading in the practice a dark pool trading. the volume or selling of large stocks and private exchanges. witnesses include the sea 00 of the year rednecks stock exchange. live coverage starting at 9:00 on c-span3. >> one of the things that did surprise me a little, i did not conduct a nationwide survey of gun owners but among people with guns that i talk to, very often the reaction your way of thinking before and after you have a gun is very different. i think in the law-abiding gun owner realizes when he has a gun that it is a huge responsibility. if you use the weapon irresponsibly or wrongly, you could get yourself into legal trouble in cause unnecessary misery and death even to people you did not intend to do harm to. it makes you very careful or should make you very careful. for most people it does. i think it would pay -- make people more careful if they had to pass the test before they get a license to buy a gun. >> former new york times editor, critic whitney, on the history
are concerned about groups like heritage action and the ones that say we were sent here to covvern. i'm going to look at going forward. it looks like we are leading towards going over the fiscal cliff. but do republicans get involved ip the negotiating and try to give him some cover and maybe move forward. obvious obviously, it is quite surprising to see this much of a divide with the house gop. luke did anything happen tonight to change the prospects of john boehner being speaker next year? >> because eric can tore was behind john boehner on this vote i'm leaning no. he has an element within his conference that would not be there in support of him if there is a viable alternative. if this was the final vote, we feel for the guy. but republicans, it is interesting, harry reid said this was a dance. they realize that too, there was no way forward for the bill. but the bhoener will get a lot of press in the next few days. >> luke russert thank you for your reporting there. >> ari, the republican started to realize something that everyone else had been saying about this. they started to realize,
that is why they should have voted against it. american majority action spokesman, i just saw your tweet. you're talking about, what was it, $200 million for alaskan fisheries. you said, why alaska? >> i don't know. alaska is the only state in the union where you get a plate -- paid to live. they all have to pay taxes. they can afford fishery project. the bigger project is, why was this in the emergency bill for hurricanes in the? doesn't make any sense. 9 billion will be spent in 2013. 85 percent doesn't come until 2014 and beyond. that's not immediately. what this bill is fundamentally is a poor bill. what the senate could have done is passed the clean $9 billion loan through -- through the states. here is your relief and pass that. instead to my they came back to washington to get their fix. the port that is in this bil, and it is ridiculous. tom: like you said, trying to cram all this in before the end of the year. is -- every piece ofp proponent writing about this has said this is critical. you do it before the end of the year because these victims are sitting there, and it's true. the v
. and lot to talk about because finally we see some action here in washington, d.c. i was there yesterday in the white house briefing room when president obama announces a task force on guns. he put vice president joe biden in charge. he gave them only one month to come up with a set of recommendations that he would then push through congress. and then he opened up the floor to questions and all the white house press corps wanted to talk about was the fiscal cliff. come on! it just shows how out of it they are. they can't get outside the beltway. they don't know what the american people really care about! all right. we'll get into that and a whole lot more here. but first, before we get to your calls, we'll take time out to get the latest, today current news update from lisa ferguson joining us from los angeles. good morning, lisa. >> hey bill. good morning everyone. that task force is wasting no time getting to work, as bill mentioned, that's the task force president obama commissioned in the wake of
now. the president promised action. the white house announcing vice president joe biden will head an administrationwide effort to come up with legislation in the wake of the newt down massacre. what form that takes is not clear. i'm bill hemmer. welcome to "america's newsroom.". >> hi, everybody, i'm martha maccallum. the president said he would to everything in his power to bring about change after a gunman massacred 26 people including 20 young first-graders at a connecticut elementary school. we're told he will announce the effort today. it will happen a couple hours from now. bill: steve centanni from the white house. what do we expect there, steve? >> reporter: well, bill, we expect the president and vice president joe biden come into the briefing room in a couple hours and begin process gathering information from inside their administration to formulate new policy, any kind of policy. any idea that could prevent this kind of mass violence, these kind of school shootings to happen in the future. this cops as newt town, connecticut, deals with the mass shooting. the yesterday
tonight -- president obama -- promising action. grant lodes is here with more. >> president obama is talking tough after the mass shooting that we just saw. today,mister obama took the podium this morning with vice president joe biden at his side. the president.talking tough on the need to reduce gun voilence.especially mass shootings like the one we just saw. today we learned the vice president will lead a task force that will present a set of gun control recommendations to the president. >> it is encouraging of all backgrounds are willing to challenge and change longstanding positions. that conversation has to continue but this time those words need to lead to action. the point that this is complex no longer is an excuse for doing nothing. the fact that we cannot prevent every act of violence does not mean that we will steadily reduce the violence. and prevent the very worst violence. that is why i have a past vice president to lead members of my cabinet and outside organizations to come up with a set of concrete all lines with proposals that i intend to push without delay. the
. given the extensive series of emergency action committee reports and diplomatic security spot reports, that indicated that the security situation in eastern libya was coming from that to worse why was the state department unprepared for an assault. especially on the anniversary of the worst terrorist attack in the united states history. the report provides the beginning of an answer when it states that there was a pervasive realization among the personnel and the special mission was sent a high priority when it came to the security related requests. the security was not a priority just what was the priority of this department in libya and in benghazi in particular? but we should be careful not to focus our attention entirely on the tragic failure in benghazi and regard it as an isolated incident. one cannot look at the evidence and conclude anything other than what was a systematic failure for brard and more worrisome implications we cannot expect the same bureaucracy at the state whose management failures are now manifest to objectively review the departments organization procedure a
of the newtown shooting. the president seems to have been missing in action on this issue. he is now saying he's turning a page and saying no longer, we are going to take action. he wants a concrete that of proposals within one month. >> on the second topic, telling republicans to take the deal. he says he's gone more than halfway in the negotiations with the republicans. this seemed to overtake the briefing, perhaps more so than the statement on the massacre. does it appear that they are close, like the president argued, or far apart? >> at some point it looks like they are clothes and other times it looks they are farther apart. there's a lot of political posturing and both sides have very strong opinions about this. it seemed to hijack a news conference. the president came out to talk about gun control and spent more than half hour talking about. the fiscal about we don't know what the point to happen next. only a few days before the end of the year. at which time everybody taxes go up if the two sides to nothing. the president said the american people are behind him and they support the id
with 13 killed in action. when he returned home the corporal suffered from prost that plat particular stress disorder. he was treated for nine months. got out last may and simply wanted to take a vacation after his ordeal. there is absolutely no reason on earth for the mexican authorities to continue to hold. the reason they put him in jail in the first place was to extort money from his family that's what these people do south of the border. now, now, you would think that secretary of state hillary clinton and president obama would be directly involved in trying to secure the release of an american combat veteran. but they are not. the state department has visited hammar in prison but done little else. >> they have told us they can't do anything. >> bill: senator? the state -- is that right? the state department says they can't do anything. >> over and over. >> is there anything to ascertain is he innocent or not? again we don't know what happened. >> i have to take the question because i don't know the facts myself on that. so i have to take the question. >> let me reiterate secreta
read and then pushed aside. >> one of the reasons the president is asking for action without delay is because he knows change can be accomplished, and it's been done before. the assault weapons ban signed by president clinton reduced crime lower than it had been in a generation. it's been 18 years since the crime bill was signed, and eight years since it was allowed to expire. perhaps 24 is why president obama is turning to the bill's architect for guidance. >> i want to single out for special recognition the chairman of the senate judiciary committee who has fought tirelessly for this bill for six long years, senator joe biden. would you stand, senator joe biden. [ applause ] >> the choice of joe biden to lead the current task force on gun violence is no coincidence. the vice president fought against the odds to get democrats and republicans on board for the 1994 crime bill. biden is also a powerful symbol on this issue. his fight to curb gun violence helped him receive an "f" rating from the national rifle association, which i think really makes him qualified for job. the nra cal
health treatment or swift enforcement action, whatever is needed. a single and simple policy response from washington cannot fix this. we all want to have a more caring and supportive society but the fragmentation of family, civic and our nation's community life lends itself to isolation, anger and for some even despair. now let's be clear, this tragedy is the result of a deeply disturbed person who committed unspeakable crimes. that is where the blame rests. but perhaps, madam speaker, but perhaps an outcome deserving of these children who died is that we all take some responsibility for the degradation of culture, what we think about, the way we conduct ourselves and perhaps strive for that which is noble, that which is good and that which is just. madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. under the speaker's announced policy of january 5, 2011, the gentleman from maryland, mr. bartlett, is recognized for 32 minutes as the designee of the majority leader. mr. bartlett: thank you, madam speaker. i would like to echo the concerns of my colleague. we a
five days since a gun men killed 20 20. the president said the time to debate is over and action is needed. >> speaking that white house today president obama said vice president joe biden will lead the search for new gun policies to prevent another mass shooting. vice president joe biden will work with several agencies and outside experts to stop criminals and the mental health from having access to guns. >> we will have to work on making access to mental health as easy as access to guns. . >> reporter: the white house indicates the president is supportive of the new legislation sponsored by senator dianne feinstein. >> i am also betting that the majority, the vases majority of law -- the vasmu-- vases majority. >> reporter: congresswoman nancy pelosi says something must be done. >> we must take action to protect our children from harm to preserve the safety of our schools and keep our community safe. we must take action so that we can tell our children we are doing everything in our power to prevent these tragedies from ever happening again. >> president obama said gun control
that to have that go on any long er was wron. >> malloy says he fully supports action at the federal level to tighten the nation's gun control laws. and every mass shooting leaves us asking the exact same question. why? what drives someone to such violence, does the brain hold clues for us? later this hour, chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta is going to look at that for us. and it's another sign the tide coulding turning and the debate over gun control in america. coming up, the wall street firm taking a stand, putting politics ahead of profits. ♪ [ engine revs ] ♪ [ male announcer ] oh what fun it is to ride. get the mercedes-benz on your wish list at the winter event going on now through december 31st. [ santa ] ho, ho, ho! [ male announcer ] lease a 2013 e350 for $579 a month at your local mercedes-benz dealer. i just served my mother-in-law your chicken noodle soup but she loved it so much... i told her it was homemade. everyone tells a little white lie now and then. but now she wants my recipe [ clears his throat ] [ softly ] she's right behind me isn't she? [ male annou
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as a country and help them take action. and all they're asking for is rationality. how many among us would say it is okay to have 100 rounds of clips in a banana, that is just not rationale, they're talking about people with the opportunity to take away massive, massive amounts of loss. and i think reasonable people will say that is something we can get behind. and thank you, president obama for being clear you are going to take action and you need our help. but it is not just about the guns. i tell you, on my program, we're getting deep with what to do about people and family members, people with mental illness that are out of control. there is woeful resources in our country, people cannot get conservativeship. there is no state hospital or structure. and i would say president obama please, please, there is so much more to be done here than just guns. and this is our opportunity, and connecticut is just a symptom. >> and the president made it clear, he agrees with you. it is not just guns that are an issue, even though he did say you have to deal with military type assault weapons, high-capa
message to washington. would that be enough to jolt lawmakers into action? >> and as the year winds to a close, the head of aetna is back with us winding up for higher taxes in 2013 thanks to obama care. wait until you hear how high he thinks they could go. you're watching cnbc, first in business worldwide. stamps.com is the best. i don't have to leave my desk and get up and go to the post office anymore. [ male announcer ] with stamps.com you can print real u.s. postage for all your letters and packages. i have exactly the amount of postage i need, the instant i need it. can you print only stamps? no... first class. priority mail. certified. international. and the mail man picks it up. i don't leave the shop anymore. [ male announcer ] get a 4 week trial plus $100 in extras including postage and a digital scale. go to stamps.com/tv and never go to the post office again. >>> well, we're getting numbers in. turns out retailers saw the weakest holiday season since 2008 hurt by bad weather and more uncertainty about the rising tax increases that could come next year. we're wondering if
. but one amazing young man has taken action. >> and he has been for years, in fact. that's because he's a survivor of another school shooting and has travelled the country to reveal just how easy it is to put lethal firepower in just about anybody's hands. abc's terry moran has more. >> reporter: this heartbreaking season continues in newtown. this season of funerals. as the country struggles to make sense of the horror, there's a voice you should hear. >> i know what it's like. it's the worst day of their life. it's chaotic. it's hopeless. [ sirens blaring ] >> reporter: colin knows what it's like to be in a classroom when an armed madman bursts in and starts shooting people. colin was a student at virginia tech. >> it was the most terrifying nine and a half minutes of my entire life. >> reporter: he was hit by four bullets. three of them are still in him. weeks after the shooting, he recalled those moments. >> the shooter came inside, and we were all on the ground, not moving, not making a scene at all. just lying there, acting -- playing dead, almost every one of us. yeah, it's bee
to block or delay ?as action on a bill. this is about an hour and 15 minutes. >> we, of course, welcome on each occasion those who join us on the heritage.org website, and we ask everyone in house to check cell phones are off as a curtesy to the speakers, and we will, of course, post the program within 24 hours on the heritage home page. those listening online are welcome at any time to send comments or questioning us, e-mail us, and hosting the discussion this afternoon is mike frank, the vice president for government studies. in this capacity, he oversees our work to help members of congress and the executive branch understand and defend conservative principles and exercise their constitutional powers. he previously servedded as director of communications for the house majority leader dick army of texas, and prior to that, he was heritage's director of congressional relations, and he's additionally served in the office of national drug control policy and council for former representative of california. please join me in welcoming my colleague mike frank. mike? [applause] >> hello to e
take action. that his administration in the coming weeks and months would be looking at ways to prevent something like this from happening again. so this is the first visible action that this administration has taken to -- is taking, rather, to meet that demand. >> all right. the president will speak, we expect, in just about 2 1/2 hours. when the president speaks, of course, cnn will take it live. thank you, dan. >>> the national rifle association is vowing to take part in the national dialogue on gun control. and says it's heartbroken and shocked by the massacre. it's worth noting the gun rights group seems to be embracing a softer tone in assigning blame for the gunman's killing spree. >> i don't think the issue is an issue. i don't think the issue is parenting or hollywood or guns or rap music or young man. it is the foundational stuff. whether it's a lack of love, a lack of empathy for others, apathy. >> that from the nra's website. in its first statement since the killings the nra has this to say. quote, out of respect for the families and as a matter of common decency we have giv
. was the will of the house. unless the president and congress take action, tax rates will go up on every american taxpayer and devastating defense cuts will go into effect in 10 days. the house has already passed bills addressing the fiscal cliff. we passed a bill replacing the president's sequestered with irresponsible spending cuts. we did that last may. we passed a bill to stop all the tax hikes on the american people scheduled to take effect january 1, and we did that august 1. and we proposed plans over and over again that democrats used to support but now will not. i do not want taxes to go up, republican do not want texas to go up. but we only when the house. democrats continued to run washington. what the president has proposed so far simply will not do anything to solve our spending problems. he wants more spending and more tax hikes that will hurt our economy. and he simply will not deal honestly with entitlement reform and the big issues facing our country. we need significant spending cuts and real tax reform to address our long-term debt problem and pave the way for long-term growth and real
is action. we must take action to protect our children from harm to preserve the safety of our schools and to keep our community safe. we must take action so that we can tell our children that we are doing everything in ure power to prevent -- in our power to prevent these tragedies from ever happening again. this morning you will be hearing from members of colleagues. steny hoyer. he may not be able to stay here the entire time with us. as we know, as the president said on sunday night, we can't tolerate this anymore. these tragedies must end and to end them we must change. in congress we're blessed with the leadership of congresswoman carolyn mccarthy. she's brought to this debate her own loss in the senseless tragedy, her own experience as a healthcare professional, and her own even handedness to help make that change with legislation to help ban assault weapons. thank you, carolyn, for your leadership and for the inspiration you are to all of us. today, i'm pleased to announce that congressman mike thompson will head a new task force focused on reducing gun violence. he's a vietnam
is on the action side. he is on the election side. so he is going to make sure that in pure republicans are not getting through primaries, which are going to keep pushing them that much further to the right. i don't think he got any weaker by walking out of the senate. >> well, i guess it's how does it serve the republican party. these think tanks are supposed to be idea factories, effectively. can we actually imagine demint crafting a piece of viable legislation that has to deal with immigration reform or energy reform or any kind of reform period, ari? >> no. clearly not from his record. and kwong he would claim otherwise. he is all about setting down standards, holding the line. not working towards losings. not trying to make government work. i mean what you can say about him he has been honest about his world view. it is a world view where we spend more time worrying billionaires and everyone else, and where government failure is sold as a success. that is literally the idea. and so they're going to go out now and try to do more things to jam up the senate and to tie the hands of go
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with president obama's call to action against what he calls the national epidemic of gun violence amid the trauma over the newtown school massacre, he has put vice president biden in charge of the agenda that could be submitted to congress next month. and a growing number of americans want action from the government. a brand new poll shows that 52% of u.s. adult dults favor major restrictions on guns, making all guns illegal versus 47% last august. let's turn to our white house correspondent brianna keilar. she's joining us. the president came out and didn't mince very words. >> reporter: no, wolf. this is the first time that president obama has laid out a time line. he appointed vice president biden to lead this group of cabinet lawmakers to come out with some solutions and he wants those recommends from him no later than january. the president said this time washington won't just talk about tackling gun violence. >> this is not some washington commission. this is not something where folks are going to be studying the issue for six months and publishing a report that gets read and then pushed as
in an attempt to quash rebel gains. nato secretary-general calling the action "acts of a desperate regime approaching collapse." these pictures from syrian activists claim to show damage from one of those attacks. cnn of course cannot independently verify that claim. >>> in north korea, a united states citizen has been arrested. state media reported today that pae jun ho has been arrested for unspecific crimes against the country. the state news agency says pae entered the country november 3rd as a tourist and has confessed to the offense and will face legal action. >>> general motors recalling 118,000 trucks because of a problem with a latch that could cause the hood to fly open. the recalled models, the colorado, the canyon from years 2010 to 2012. gm will notify owners in mid-january and repairs will be done for free. >>> also happening right now, secretary of state arne duncan is about to give remarks on protecting children from gun violence, at an elementary school in washington, d.c., you see the ceremony is just starting up. duncan is expected to call for comprehensive change in po
on the eve of the 150th anniversary of president lincoln's action to end slavery and the civil war. >> woodruff: plus michael beschloss and richard norton smith talk about potential historical turning points of the past year. that's all ahead on tonight's newshour. moving our economy for 160 years. bnsf, the engine that connects us. >> and by the alfred p. sloan foundation. supporting science, technology, and improved economic performance and financial literacy in the 21st century. >> and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... >> this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> woodruff: the old year ticked down today, and with it went any hope of meeting the midnight "fiscal cliff" deadline. house republicans opted not to hold any votes on the issue tonight. so-- officially, at least-- more than $600 million in tax hikes and spending cuts begin taking effect tomorrow. in the meantime, senate republicans and the white house continue working on a po
for action after the horrific massacre in newtown, connecticut. the president took a number of questions. many of them on another major issue facing washington. negotiations on the fiscal cliff. with house speaker john boehner holding his own 52nd presser on that today. and we'll have more on that throughout the hour. but first in the renewed debate on gun control. the president today named vice president joe biden to lead an inter-agency task force to develop a policy response to the tragedy at sandy hook saying he cannot do it alone. >> ultimately if this effort is to succeed, it's going to require the help of the american people. it's going to require all of you. mothers and fathers, daughters and sons, pastors, law enforcement, mental health professionals, and yes gun owners standing up and saying enough on behalf of our kids. >> the president reiterated that he'll use whatever powers his office holds to prevent another tragedy like newtown. and his choice of vice president biden signals a robust effort to confront america's foremost gun lobbyists. >> the nra is an organization that
, a look at the emancipation proclamation on the eve of the 150th anniversary of president lincoln's action to end slavery and the civil war. >> woodruff: plus michael beschloss and richard norton smith talk about potential historical turning points of the past year. that's all ahead on tonight's newshour. moving our economy for 160 years. bnsf, the engine that connects us. >> and by the alfred p. sloan foundation. supporting science, technology, and improved economic performance and financial literacy in the 21st century. >> and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... >> this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> woodruff: the old year ticked down today, and with it went any hope of meeting the midnight "fiscal cliff" deadline. house republicans opted not to hold any votes on the issue tonight. so-- officially, at least-- more than $600 million in tax hikes and spending cuts begin taking effect tomorrow. in the meantime, senate republicans and the whi
'm not going to go into every action that were taking, but i hope what people see from this is we are continuing to be aggressive about taking action and ensuring we can put the phone in the best position possible while balancing the need to provide access to credit for would-be home buyers and healthy neighborhoods in the nation frankly keep this fragile housing recovery going. it's attending medical very much. [applause] >> thank you so much. that was a remarkably clear and informative presentation in a short time. we appreciate that. and now it's my pleasure to introduce our impressive panel. we'll go in order. roberto quercia misdirect her of the usc center for community capital where he leads major research projects related to low income homeownership, mortgage lending, said private predatory lending and financial services. very called to call this honora key part or in housing issues and were thrilled to have him here today. david stevens is president and chief executive officer of the mortgage banking association. he was president of him as first commissioner in 2009 to 201
customer leaped into action when an armed gunman held up a washington convenience store. the bystander attacked the would-be robber and slammed him to the ground. he and a store employee held down the suspect until the police arrived. >>> in north carolina tea party group is drawing outrage for raffling two guns, including an ar-15 assault rifle similar to the one used in last week's connecticut school shooting. >> what made us decide to go through with it is because the left, once again, is trying to dominate the conversation. >> the group says the fund-raiser was scheduled before the sandy hook shootings. >>> two deadly and massive wrecks, first to texas where a major dust storm along interstate 27 caused five crashes and killed one person. 45 mile-an-hour wind gusts reduced visibility in some areas to zero. >>> and next to new york, where one person was culled in a pileup involving 37 cars on a long island highway. officials believe the multivehicle collision began when a tractor-trailer served into several vehicles. >>> finally, santa claus gets in sight seeing to spread holiday ch
the lives of 20-school children. president obama promised meaningful action to prevent gun violence. today. he took the first step toward that goal. grant lodes is standing by with more on that. grant ? return to index of stories... president obama talking tough this morning.about the need to reduce gun voilence.especially mass shootings like the one we just saw. and today we learned vice president joe biden will lead a task force that will present a set of gun control recommendations to the president. issues likey to be at the forefront.military-style assault weapons, high capacity ammunition clips, and loopholes to get around background checks. the president said he will make very specific proposals once he gets the recommendations next month. on friday.the n- r-a will talk for the first time since the elementary school shooting. return to index of stories... california has some of the toughest gun laws in the nation - but some state lawmakers are looking to make them even stronger. as kron four's terisa estacio reports, one lawmaker says, there is still a lot of work to be done. on the
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as the president issued an emotional call for action. >> for those of us who remain, let us find the strength to carry on and make our country worthy of their memory. >> randi kaye, cnn, atlanta. >>> next, the stories that affect your bottom line, from facebook's ipo to the new apple boss, to the fiscal cliff. a look at the biggest money stories of the year. >>> and later this hour, the ten most intriguing people of 2012 as chosen by you. that's why there's glucerna hunger smart shakes. they have carb steady, with carbs that digest slowly to help minimize blood sugar spikes. [ male announcer ] glucerna hunger smart. a smart way to help manage hunger and diabetes. till you finish your vegetables. [ clock ticking ] [ male announcer ] there's a better way... v8 v-fusion. vegetable nutrition they need, fruit taste they love. could've had a v8. or...try kids boxes! to come home for the holidays. that's double miles you can actually use... sadly, their brother's white christmas just got "blacked out." [ brother ] but it's the family party! really jingles your bells, doesn't it? my gift to you! the
, nicole petallides on tte floor of the new york stock exchange with some action influencing things. nicole: this is a big deal, particularly in media. let's take a look at how the stocks are faring. nielsen 3.7%, so this is a deal that has been in theeworks, moving to new 5 50 a new 52-week high on this deal, $1.3 billion deal as far as the value, and both are almost a monopoly in each of their industries. nielsen ratings determine about $70 billion in annual television ads spending and together these two names when you put them together will have basically an average revenue of about $6 billion. a key tie up, you can see it was obviously to a premium, jumping almost 24%. melissa: thanks. a new round of cyber attacks aimed at stealing millions of dollars from u.s. banks that may leave your money at risk. adam shapiro following this story. >adam: falling 30 constitutional institutions. this is incredible threat from an expected to be launched sometime in the spring. i have already been doing it since 2007 testing earlier variants of the trojan spyware which they have allowing them to get in
this looming tax hike. everyone agrees that that action is necessary. >> so now all eyes are focused on the senate for 11:00 this morning when they do reconvene. there were reports there was major progress overnight for something that could pass on the senate side. the question is whether it can pass on the house side under the leadership of speaker john boehner. i've talked to a couple of republicans this morning who are fairly optimistic that whatever comes out of the senate, whatever that deal is, it will pass the house this afternoon. although hard-core republican anti-tax folks are not going to vote for it. it still would likely have enough votes to pass. that's at least the mood of some folks i'm talking to today. guys, one of the big questions that's unresolved here was raised on a conference call with ceos arranged by the white house on friday night, on that white house conference call with ceos. one of the ceos asked tim geithner, i'm told by a participant on the call, whether a small deal would be enough to are prevent ratings agencies to downgrade u.s. debt. i'm told by th
, meanwhile, threatening to take action to enforce a vote on extending middle class tax cuts if republican leaders don't bring it to the floor next week. want to bring in democratic congressman peter welch from vermont. congressman welch, always a pleasure. let's talk -- >> thank you. >> let's talk about entitlements here. are you willing to put entitlements on the table if republicans agree to more revenues through tax increases on the wealthy? >> yes. and the president is, too. essentially the president has made an opening offer. $1.6 trillion in new revenue from the top 2% and about $400 billion in medicare savings over the course of the next ten years. now, the next move, actually, is speaker boehner's counteroffer, whatever that may be. he has a very tough position and my view, the speaker understands that mitt romney, who ran on the platform of not raising taxes lost and the speaker knows he has to do it. the problem is, his members ran on the platform opposing tax increases and they won. so, he's got the challenge of trying to persuade people who are against tax increases who ran an
to prompt action at the state level. michigan republican governor rick snyder veto the measure allowing firearms into schools and other gun-free zones. yet another new multiple shooting in the united states, for people are dead in colorado's weld county after murder-suicide. the shooter killed three adult victims before turning the gun on themselves. colorado governor has called for strengthening our arms checks in his day to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill. we will have more on that control of the newtown massacre with a democratic congressmember carolyn mccarthy after the headlines. capitol hill, lawmakers have dropped a provision that a ban the indefinite to detention of u.s. citizens from the national defense authorization act, or ndaa. the senate approved an amendment that would prevent the military from imprisoning any u.s. citizen or permanent residents deemed a terrorism suspect without charge or trial. but according to the new york times, congressional negotiators have dropped the provision in the effort to merge the bill's house and senate versions. the swiss ba
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